The Press: For Leadership

Little Rock's segregationists called it "that nigger-lovin' paper," and the local Citizens' Council labeled Editor Harry Ashmore "Public Enemy No. 1." But last week the Pulitzer Prize committee gave Little Rock's Arkansas Gazette and Editor Ashmore an unprecedented double prize for the role they played in last fall's crisis of conscience brought on by Governor Orval Faubus' defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court's integration order. Ashmore was cited for his editorials, the Gazette "for demonstrating the highest qualities of civic leadership, journalistic responsibility and moral courage in the face of mounting public...

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